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calimary

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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 62,366

About Me

Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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It's gonna be a complete knockout/bullseye/grand slam next week, if this morning is any hint.

Is there ANYONE out there who still thinks there's no difference between the two parties? I ask in all seriousness.

I've been blown away today, Skinner. I've already posted elsewhere that I was up, on my feet, my arms in the air, and crying. I couldn't catch my breath. Impressed to the point of near overwhelm with and by BOTH of them, actually. The way she explained his appeal and why she chose him, in her introduction of him. Should (even though probably it won't) silence all naysayers who carry on about her supposed "bad judgment." Fernando Amandi, the talking head on as I write this - said exactly what's going on here . He said five-to-six weeks later, people aren't gonna remember the conventions. It's the FEELING they're gonna remember. It's the FEELING that's the takeaway. And this feeling, this takeaway from OUR convention is going to be one of optimism, confidence, positivity, and MOST CERTAINLY up to the job. Which will be glaringly different from the hate and fear and negativity and doom-'n'-gloom of this last week.

This will be the ultimate game of "Who Do You Trust?" When you get down to the very brassiest of brass tacks, we will all have to ask ourselves - who do you trust with our government, the future of our nation, the future impact of our nation on the world? In all seriousness? Which team? Trump/Pence or Clinton/Kaine?

VERY basic questions:
You want fear? Okay, you want those guys.
You want confidence? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want loathing? You want those guys.
You want inclusion? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want autocratic, dictatorial, "Only I can save you"? You want those guys.
You want "we're stronger together"? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want childish and amateurish? You want those guys.
You want mature and professional? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want a shit show? You want those guys.
You want competence? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want hysteria? You want those guys.
You want steady-as-she-goes? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want it monochromatic? You want those guys.
You want every hue in the human rainbow? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).
You want "whites preferred"? You want those guys.
You want America (EVERYONE, period. Regardless the skin color, shape, age, gender, orientation, faith, nationality)? You want Clinton/Kaine (and company - don't forget the down-ticket'ers!).

By this time next Friday morning, I think what we all need to do - to everyone we know - is turn to them, smile GENUINELY and sincerely, no snark, and say: "well?"

No kidding there!

She is tremendously negatively predisposed toward Hillary. She'd find fault somewhere, if only to have an excuse to throw more shade on HRC.

YES. Absolutely, positively, utterly YES.

I didn't know much about him. I do now. I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it, and I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE him, too. And if Planned Parenthood and NARAL both give him "A" ratings, that's good enough for me. Add in an "F" rating from the NRA and I'm overjoyed. Throw in a little bit of "the mark of the Jesuits", and I'm in complete bliss!

And on top of all that, he's a self-described nerdy guy. And personally, I've always had a weakness for nerdy guys. Forty years ago, I married one and it still works well to this day. Brains turn me on.

It's called "Public SERVICE." You win an election? That makes you a public SERVANT.

I think the GOP forgets that. Ivanka Trump embodies that attitude, btw. It's only about making money. When I was fresh from listening to her speech - and, full disclosure, I was pretty impressed with her - but then later it was revealed that she tweeted - "Shop Ivana's look from the Republican Convention!" And the website for her dress and her shoes and her accessories that she designed...

Sigh...

J.A.M. Just Another Mercenary

Brains over brawn - BRAINS win, EVERY time.

But then again, I like nerds. During the late 60s when the first "Star Trek" series was on, with Team Kirk versus Team Spock? I was FIRMLY with Team Spock (lol)! I even married a nerd!

"The Mark of the Jesuits".

He's going to be a FUCKING OUTSTANDING Vice President!

There's just no comparison. I mean it!

BEYOND impressive. Especially compared to what we had to endure at the CONvention.

Anybody who somehow STILL thinks there's no difference between the parties - better go find a psychiatrist.

Watching/listening to both of them now - I'm crying.

I'm actually crying.

We're going to have the FEMALE of the species, and THAT mindset, and THAT worldview, and THAT consciousness - in the Oval Office.

For even if only four years - we're going to have a seismic shift in this country. Even if only for that long, we will be a matriarchy. I'd like to try that out. Leaning toward the feminine (nurturer) as opposed to the quintessential male (read macho).

OMG we need this mindset in the White House - and Tim Kaine there by her side! Shit. I. Am. Impressed. Didn't know a whole lot about Tim Kaine. He's got "the mark of the Jesuits" on him. I'm a lifelong Catholic. Catholic school from pre-K through senior year high school. Jesuits were in the periphery of my childhood and teens all the time. Jerry Brown has that "mark of the Jesuits" on him. Know who else is a Jesuit? Pope Francis. Jesuits are about open minds, all things considered, objective knowledge and understanding. The FACTS. REALITY. And Kaine's Hillary's VP pick. DAYUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If Cecile Richards gives him her blessing, then that's all I need to hear.

It's always a colossal concern for me - when I hear someone is not pro-choice. But as long as he (and it's often a man) keeps his personal opinions to himself and doesn't try to shove them into lawmaking or policy-making, I can live with it. A politician can have his or her own personal views about it, but dammit - stay OUT of my bedroom AND my doctor's office!!!

Plus points for his Spanish fluency, AND his exposure to the Jesuit mindset. Two of the men in public whom I admire most have that: my governor, Jerry Brown; and Pope Francis. The Jesuits are all about thinkers, study, education, learning, wisdom, and compassion.

Also - his "F" grade from the NRA speaks loudly in his favor to me.

If Cecile Richards is okay with him, so am I.

And she's very okay with him. Said so on the record this evening, interviewed on MSNBC.

Besides, she doesn't need a tour around the place, or a tutorial about how to get there.

She's behaved with great class and elegance, throughout. AND she's setting up another template. She's broken ground for how a woman runs for President, because she's already gone farther along that road than any other woman.

I feel like OUR folks are the real adults in the room, and that will be proven yet again, and rather glaringly, in the way the Democratic convention is organized and staged and run. They're the seasoned pros. They're the REAL grown-ups in the room, with the cool heads and the mature, respectable behavior. They're the ones who take this stuff seriously. Hillary and Bernie are perfect to show how former opponents get along together when it really counts. I mean - look at the example the other guys gave us, to which we can compare how Hillary and Bernie will be a united front next week. Watching the pissy mess between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump - and how the "winner" there is behaving like a five-year-old, we can watch next week and enjoy, and feel proud as can be. (With apologies to real five-year-olds everywhere.)

Actually, watching that crazy display Wednesday and yesterday, it makes me appreciate Bernie just that much more.

THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE, GOP.
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